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In spring 1918 a new virus started to sweep the word. Called the “Spanish influence” because, at the height of the war, Spain was the only country not cooking their books and thus it looked like it started there, it killed more people than the war. (It’s more likely that it started at a U.S. army base).

The Spanish flu had one unusual and hideous property. It killed an unusual number of the young and healthy. Generally…